Kerrin McEvoy Australian Jockey
Kerrin McEvoy Carving Out An Enviable Career Not Just In Australia, But Internationally
He would be the counter to any argument that were to dispute that pedigree plays a role not just for horses, but for jockeys as well.
Kerrin McEvoy was born in Streaky Bay, South Australia, on 24 October 1980. He has many racing predecessors in his lineage.
Jockeys In The Family
His dad, Phillip, along with his uncles Anthony and Peter were jockeys before him. His maternal grandfather Bill Howard was a successful trainer who employed Kerrin’s dad and his uncles, but was not as successful as a father in dissuading his daughter from marrying a jockey.
Uncle Anthony did well until he lost the battle with weight, which is not uncommon amongst jockeys, before turning to training himself and turning out the 2003 W.S. Cox Plate winner, Fields of Omagh.
Three of Kerrin’s brothers are also riders, but it is he who is far and away the most successful of the four brothers.
Kerrin McEvoy Apprenticeship With Grandfather 1997
He then relocated to Adelaide and worked for a short time for Russel Cameron before securing a position with Peter Hayes.
That entailed a move to Melbourne and Flemington in 1999 shortly before he got his senior license for the 2000-01 season. Not long thereafter, he decided on going off on his own as a freelancer to the highest bidder.
Kerrin McEvoy immediately made his presence felt on the major racing scene by becoming the second youngest jockey to claim a Melbourne Cup. He took that ride on Brew, that had been declined by Chris Munce, winning against 14/1 odds and leaving in his wake some formidable competition in the form of Jim Cassidy and Glen Boss.
Earlier during that year’s Spring Racing Carnival, McEvoy had secured a major victory when he won the Blue Diamond Stakes whilst steering True Jewels.
His next two seasons following would include first 104, and then 94 wins, adding fuel to his career. The 2002-03 season would see McEvoy posting a four win day that included a Group 1 win aboard Pernod at Caulfield in September.
That earned him attention sufficient to ride in Dubai, and preceded his 2002 third place finish for trainer Godolphin in the 2002 Melbourne Cup for which he secured an additional six weeks of work in Dubai.
Even with this time spent abroad, his record for that season was more than adequate enough for him to be declared the Victorian Premier Jockey. He was also presented with the Scobie Breasley Medal.
When we first looked at Kerrin McEvoy’s record earlier, he had won 24 Group 1 events in Australia. His tally is now 70 in Australia alone. He has gone well beyond 1000 wins and has accumulated over $83 million in prize money.
By his standards, the 2011-12 season was a bit of a decline, but by most standards, 76 wins and over $7 million in earnings would be considered more than merely acceptable, but quite acceptable indeed.
He has put up five Group 1 wins in 2013 with the year not yet half over. He has also notched major wins in England Germany, France and Asia. A full accounting of his record would prove tediously laborious.
One side effect of all this constant horse race winning is that McEvoy has doubtless inflated the blood fees of some of his mounts.
He rode Denman, progeny of Octagonal, to twelve wins, supplied another 10 on Purple and has ridden an astonishing 15 others to six or more wins.
Like many before him, constant exposure to the perils of racing came with a cost. A fall at Gosford in 2010 resulted in a broken back that could have spelled the end of his career. He did return, many felt prematurely, for the 2010 Melbourne Cup, where he could manage no better than 16th place aboard Campanologist.
More Wins Continue
This far in the 2012-13 season, he has 89 wins to his credit, but that could easily change over the next couple of moments.
What his final tally will be in terms of total victories, major wins and prize money is the source of nothing other than speculation, but it would seem that barring misfortune, he has a minimum of ten more years ahead of him and if he follows in the footsteps of some of those he is chasing, as many as twenty.
Even allowing for a decline in productivity in the twilight of his career, it would seem conservative to expect him to produce another 50 Group 1 wins at the minimum with 100 not totally beyond the realm of the conceivable.